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Doing First Rib Cook on Lg BGE

tnbarbqtnbarbq Posts: 248
edited January 2012 in EggHead Forum
I will be smoking 3 racks of spares tomorrow on my lg BGE for the first time.  Ribs will be trimmed and the excess meet will also be on the cooker.  I use it in beans or just for snacking to wet appitites.  I have a rib rack but have not used one too often.  I plan on cooking at about 250 and will most likely do a 3-1-1 or something close to it.  Should I plan on a longer cook using a rack?  I plan on using just a rub and no sauce.  Any/all suggestions welcome.
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 7,674

    Spares are usually more like 3-2-1.

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  • GreenhawKGreenhawK Posts: 398
    I would plan for 6 hours or so too.  You can always wrap them and put them in a cooler if you need to.  I like them better not wrapping them while they are cooking though.
    Large BGE Decatur, AL
  • IrishDevlIrishDevl Posts: 1,390
    I say use the toothpick test, if you can stick a toothpick in the rib meat easily they are pull apart tender - should be 5+ hours or somewhere.  Some other swear by the meat bend test and either works well. Me personally, I just put them on a rib rack and let them go low and slow (250 or so) for 5 hours - not a fan of wrapping - always see pork juice in the foil and would rather it be in the pork, just my opinion.  This is actually for babybacks, spares should be a bit longer 6hrs or so (as Greenhawk stated), but same method.
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